The How to Identify a Bad Position Series

This series was inspired by people asking me how they could identify a bad vet school.  Over the past 20 years, I have had numerous people ask me about identifying bad internships.  When I advise those applying for residencies, we talk about identifying potentially problematic programs.  And I am blessed with having worked at institutions that were good and less good fits for me. So I have some perspective on the whole concept of identifying a bad program.

I have a caveat for this entire series: I genuinely stand by my assertion that there are no good or bad programs, there are only good or bad fits with the individual.  Nonetheless, some programs are bad fits for 90%+ of applicants. If I indicate a potential problem area and you think, “No, I think I could roll with that,” please feel free to disregard that point.  Deciding on your professional progression is highly personal, and no one else can tell you what is and is not a good decision for you.

As always, this is my perspective, based on my experience and discussion with colleagues.  Others would probably have different things to say and have a different perspective on what makes for a “bad” position.  Please reach out to trusted mentors to seek their advice, as well. Enjoy these for the next month!

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